Tag Archives: Judicial Event

Stuck on Stuxnet

By | October 4, 2010

By Jeremy Wagstaff (this is my weekly Loose Wire Service column for newspaper syndication) We’ve reached one of those moments that I like: When we’ll look back at the time before and wonder how we were so naive about everything. In this case, we’ll think about when we thought computer viruses were just things that messed up, well,… Read More »

Nightmare on Spyware Street

By | November 24, 2008

A case in Connecticut has exposed the legal dangers of not protecting your computer against spyware, as well as our vulnerability at the hands of incompetent law-enforcement officers. Teacher Julie Amero found herself in a nightmare after spyware on her school computer popped up pornographic images in front of students. Instead of realising this was spyware at work,… Read More »

Investigation Step #1: Google Suspect

By | December 7, 2007

Every journalist (and police officer, for that matter) should start their investigative work with a Google search. They may find it’s all they need. You’ve probably read by now of the disappearance, reappearance and arrest of the former British prison officer John Darwin, who turned up at a police station this month saying he’d lost his memory after… Read More »

Pumping Stock, Spam and the Criminal Underworld

By | November 12, 2006

If you ever feel the urge to trade on a spam stock tip, I offer this unsolved whodunnit as a cautionary tale. If you’ve been getting an extra dumpster of spam in your inbox lately, it’s probably because of a little known company called Cana Petroleum. If you open the email in question (and I’ve counted nearly 300… Read More »

Getting a Lock on Your iPod

By | June 20, 2006

A sign of the times: what are billed as the first mobile security locks for iPods. According to a press release (not yet available online): Featuring a keyless, user-settable three-digit combination for added convenience and protection, the new Targus security locks are designed for use with iPods configured with a dock connector, including the 5G, nano, iPod Photo,… Read More »